Over his last two starts covering 11 2/3 innings, Chen has allowed five earned runs. He owns a 4.15 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 18 starts (104 innings). The date for his next start after the All-Star break remains uncertain.
Hand X-rays came back negative on
Desmond was removed from Thursday's game after being hit with a pitch. He attempted to remain in the game, but was taken out when a practice throw sailed on him while warming up to take the field. It's unclear how much time Desmond will miss due to the issue.
Sizemore fared well in the minors, hitting .289 over 45 at-bats. He hit just .219/.288/.324 over 185 at-bats with Boston earlier this season.
Buchanan tossed a strong start against the Brewers Thursday, but Cliff Lee is nearing a return. The team won't need a fifth starter until Lee can come back, making Buchanan expendable. He posted a 4.40 ERA over ten starts in the majors.
Desmond was hit by a pitch in the hand in the eighth inning, tried to stay in the game, but left after taking warmups at short. He was replaced by Danny Espinosa.
Desmond finished 1 for 3 with an RBI double in the sixth inning. He owns a .241/.293/.429 slash line with 16 homers and 55 RBI in 345 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's series opener at Philadelphia.
"I haven't heard anything, but the only thing I don't want happen is I'm out there for just two innings and 35 pitches," Holland said. "That better not happen. I have been throwing 80-pitch bullpens."
After visiting three different doctors,
Tanaka is expected to receive a PRP injection Monday and has been recommended throwing program. Although Tommy John surgery has not been ruled out, Cashman expects Tanaka to be back in six weeks, if the rehab program is effective.
"That's our hope. Obviously timeframes are subject to change," Cashman said.
Gyorko is recovering from plantar fasciitis. He's still expected to be a few weeks away from a return. Gyorko is hitting .162/.213/.270 over 204 at-bats.
The Brewers called up pitcher Jimmy Nelson from Triple-A Thursday, and announced he would start in Estrada's place Saturday against the Cardinals. Over 107 innings, Estrada has a 4.96 ERA. He's given up 27 home runs through 18 starts.